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Audit critical of Beauregard airport district

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DERIDDER, La. (AP) — A new audit shows the Beauregard Parish Airport District 1 lost more than $280,000 from operations in 2013 and failed to reconcile its bank accounts in a timely manner.

The American Press reported (http://bit.ly/1eOXZNb) the audit shows the airport district, which manages Beauregard Regional Airport, saw a loss of $284,334 in operational expenses.

The report included the costs of personal services, fuel, contractual services, utilities, travel, depreciation, supplies and materials.

When work began on the audit in May, bank reconciliations had not been made by the airport district since September 2013. The result of this, the auditor wrote, was the agency was unaware of its financial standing. The cause of the delay in reconciling bank statements was a computer crash at the Beauregard Parish Police Jury offices, according to the report.

The auditor wrote that bank reconciliations should be made on a monthly basis. When the cash statements and bank account were reconciled, auditors found a difference of more than $3,000 between what the agency reported and what was actually in accounts.

The auditor also noted the documents he required to complete the required annual report were late. He wrote he originally requested the data, which includes bank reconciliations, accounts payable and annual salary and benefits information, on May 8 and had to ask several times before the documents were provided.

The auditor wrote he did not receive the information until June 20 — 10 days before the audit was due to the state legislative auditor.

Beauregard Regional Airport manager Sam Lack said the airport agreed with the auditor on findings in the report, and would make procedural changes to address the issues.

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Information from: American Press, http://www.americanpress.com

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